Who We Are

Makor Team

Makor administrators and educators comprise a team of diverse and uniquely talented leaders in their areas of focus. We value our professionals, who have worked together to build our warm and engaging learning community.

Ariel Margolis
Director of Makor 

Ariel Margolis joined the Hebrew College community in July 2014 as director of Makor and director of online learning. He will also teach special-education courses in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. Margolis is known in the Jewish day-school teaching community for his commitment to innovative educational models and leveraging technology to help students engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Judaic curriculums. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Margolis worked for 15 years at Kehillah Schechter Academy, where he served as a math, science and Tanakh teacher, middle-school principal, teacher coach and instructional-technology coach. He has co-authored several grants for technology, including for smartboards and tablets, science and Israel education. Margolis has co-led several webinars on how technology has enhanced inter-institutional collaboration. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and a master's degree in special education from Bridgewater State University. He attended Harvard’s Principal Institute (Cohort of 2008) and has certifications in Chrome Classroom and Flipped Classroom techniques from Sophia Learning. He is also a certified educational-technology coach.

Dan Brosgol, MJEd'04
Director of Prozdor

Dan Brosgol holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Brandeis University and both a certificate in Jewish day school education and a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He is currenting pursuing a doctorate in the Northeastern/Hebrew College collaborative EdD program. Brosgol is an avid runner and Boston sports fan. He lives in Bedford, Mass., with his wife, Elizabeth, and five children.

Yigal M. Pe’eri

Yigal M. Pe'eri was born and raised in Israel and has made his mark in both the business and education fields. On the business side, he has served as president and vice president of marketing  and sales of for government, banking, hi-tech and paper companies. On the educational road, he was executive director of several community centers as well as the Israeli representative to Liverpool, U.K., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Pe'eri has taught Hebrew to youth and adults and run workshops on strategic planning, negotiation, leadership and management. He is also a certified and experienced instructor of Gōjū-ryū karate, judo and tai chi. He enjoys flying (single-engine), classical music and study of religions.

Christine Strauss-Kennedy

Christine is in her second year two at Makor and loves working with each and every student as they discover their individual artistic
talent and incorporate their Judaism into their work. Every week, she aims to bring the joy, freedom and inspiration that art is to the classroom so that each student can enjoy, discover, and create from their hearts beautiful works. She is a third-year art
student at Mass College of Art, studying painting while exploring, redefining, and
reimagining what it means to paint. Christine was born in the Ukraine and has been in
the U.S.A for 14 years, and loves to travel, read, write, and create